Serena continues Slam report bid, Djokovic gears up for Tiafoe check

Serena Williams will hope to maneuver a step nearer to a record-equalling 24th main when she meets Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic, whereas Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence faces its first actual check towards Frances Tiafoe within the second spherical on Wednesday.

American Williams has been caught on 23 majors since triumphing at Melbourne Park in 2017, shedding 4 Grand Slam finals since to stay one in need of Margaret Courtroom’s report.

However the 39-year-old was at her classic finest in her 6-1 6-1 drubbing of Laura Siegemund within the opening spherical and can hope to make fast work of world quantity 99 Stojanovic.

“I felt actually comfy within the match main as much as this only a couple days in the past after I was enjoying,” Williams stated after her first-round win. “Wasn’t positive how my serve can be after that shoulder (harm), however it’s feeling good.”

Within the males’s draw, world primary Djokovic will proceed his bid for a record-extending ninth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam crown.

The Serbian seemed very a lot at house on the distinctive blue floor in his 6-Three 6-1 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy within the first spherical however 2019 Australian Open quarter-finalist Tiafoe is about to pose a a lot sterner check.

In different matches, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka faces Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, a former world quantity 4, whereas second seed Simona Halep performs native favorite Ajla Tomljanovic.

Canadian 11th seed Denis Shapovalov is up towards Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, whereas U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem meets German Dominik Koepfer.